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Australia’s golden triangle of opportunity



Australia's golden triangle of opportunity

It was great to be back on the Gold Coast for the 21st annual Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC), attended by over 4,000 of Australia’s best industry professionals.  While I was there I was once again reminded of how much potential the South-East Queensland property market is offering both sea changers and investors at this stage in its market cycle.

In my view, Brisbane is the best market in Australia currently for short to medium term price growth, with the value gap between it and the other big East Coast capitals as large as I’ve seen it in many years.

When you factor in the key drivers for future growth – liveability, affordability, scale and future economic prospects, they all suggest that Brisbane is a market to invest in.  Check out the latest statistics from CoreLogic below.

Value gap – median house prices 

Brisbane $536,286

Melbourne $821,006

Sydney $1,019,093

Value gap – median apartment prices

Brisbane $385,121

Melbourne $573,673

Sydney $749,765

I’ve been bullish on Brisbane for many years and in hindsight, I called its next growth phase a couple of years too early. It’s had some growth in recent years but there is a lot more to come over the next few years.

According to McGrath’s top prestige agent in Brisbane, Alex Jordan, one of the dominant trends today is downsizers buying up luxury apartments.

Alex says: “Despite the reported oversupply in Brisbane’s inner city apartment market, we are seeing great strength in the prestige apartment sector.

“The luxury apartment market ($1M+) is driven by owner occupiers, particularly baby boomers and empty nesters, who are attracted to less maintenance and better accessibility.

“Popular suburbs include New Farm, Newstead, Teneriffe, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane, St Lucia, Paddington and the Brisbane CBD. These areas offer a desirable lifestyle with an abundance of shopping, dining and entertaining precincts at their doorstep.”

South East Queensland has so many options for asset-rich, cash-poor southerners. Many of our customers in Sydney and Melbourne are looking closely at South East Queensland both for investment and a potential sea change. I believe its affordability will continue to attract record levels of interstate migration.

If you live in Sydney or Melbourne and you’re struggling with the mortgage and cost of living, Brisbane is a fantastic alternative. It offers big city job opportunities, high quality education options and the chance to transform your financial future.

The boom delivered Sydney and Melbourne home owners a capital gain of up to 75% – that’s enormous new equity that could be cashed in to fund an amazing new lifestyle with far less mortgage stress up north. Plus, you’d be buying in just before Brisbane’s next wave of price growth. It’s the perfect scenario.

I believe the area from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba and up to the Sunshine Coast is Australia’s golden triangle right now.

Toowoomba, with its expanded airport facilities which have opened up easy access to the south, is the perfect and affordable treechange destination. Known as Queensland’s Garden City, about 2,300 people moved here from Brisbane last year for its cheaper house prices and enjoyable regional city lifestyle.

Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are also appealing sea change options benefitting from a raft of new infrastructure that will drive further population growth and generate more local jobs.

Brisbane is one of the world’s great cities but I don’t think this is fully realised as yet. If you haven’t been to Brisbane for a number of years, get on a plane. This is a thriving city that offers many of the lifestyle amenities you love about the southern capitals but at a much cheaper price.

I think Brisbane will also become very attractive to migration and investment from Asia in the years ahead.

South East Queensland is offering opportunity everywhere for both owner occupiers and investors alike. Now’s the time to consider what Australia’s premier lifestyle market can do for you!


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Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast



Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast

Sydneysider Angus Terry is packing up to move to the Gold Coast. Photo: Gavin Jowitt

Sydneysider Angus Terry is preparing to leave the state he has called home his entire life.

Packing up his job in finance, his house and life, he will move to the Gold Coast with his partner, where the couple have bought a new home and a development site on which Mr Terry will build and run a gym.

The couple are part of a growing movement of young, professional southerners migrating to south-east Queensland.

Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast
The Vue Terrace Homes at Robina, where Angus Terry has bought a property. Photo: Robina Group

While retirees and holiday-home buyers have long made up a healthy portion of Gold Coast property purchasers, now there’s a new demographic: young couples and families.

Annual migration to the Gold Coast hit its highest level in a decade at the end of 2017, figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

Lured by a thriving local economy and, of course, the beach lifestyle, cashed-up migrants are often in the headlines for purchases of multimillion-dollar, ocean-front mansions at Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise. But for most southerners, the Gold Coast’s relative affordability is what attracts them.

Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast lifestyle: the pool at the Vue Terrace Homes. Photo: Robina Group

Mr Terry said he was surprised at the affordability of the Gold Coast and flew up to see it for himself.

“Honestly, what you can find on the Gold Coast is 10 times the value of what you get here in Sydney,” he said.

“A lot of places in Sydney are quite old and they still want over $1 million. I can come to Robina and get a beautiful, three-bedroom brand new terrace with modern styling in a lovely community atmosphere for $600-odd thousand. Affordability was definitely a massive consideration.”

Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast

Brand new contemporary homes: Inside one of the Vue Terrace Homes. Photo: Robina Group

Mr Terry will cut his lengthy and crowded train commute to a literal one-minute walk in the park after securing a townhouse in the Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community. He also snapped up a CBD Robina development site with plans to build an Anytime Fitness gym.

“Sydney is a great city but it’s very full-on to get anywhere, it’s very claustrophobic,” he said. “We have always dreamed of living a short drive from the beach. When I was growing up we came to the Gold Coast for family holidays, so I knew the area quite well.

“I’m originally from Bathurst and I wanted a country town feel somewhere on the coast — Robina really was the answer. It has the best of both worlds.

Why this young Sydneysider is packing up and moving to the Gold Coast
Change is in the air: Mr Terry says he’s excited for his fresh start in a new career and a new home town. Photo: Gavin Jowitt

“We are going to be working hard so we wanted a place that we could come back to and really relax. Vue’s beautiful pool and barbecue area and its direct access into Robina City parklands was a huge drawcard.”

Data from the Domain Group shows that house prices in Robina rose by 6.4 per cent over the past 12 months.

Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said Robina had become particularly attractive to interstate migrants. Sydney and Melbourne purchasers recognised the value on offer in the Gold Coast market, she said.

“We are seeing an increasing number of buyers from the southern capitals.”

“Buyers from interstate are attracted to the lifestyle benefits on offer in Robina.  Our education facilities in particular are a major drawcard — Robina is home to Gold Coast’s top-two private schools and Bond University.

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Queensland is the next property hotspot, experts say



Queensland is the next property hotspot, experts say

As New South Wales and Victoria continue to experience weakness. Queensland is expected to take the lead, a National Australia Bank (NAB) poll of property professionals revealed.

According to the survey, industry experts project house prices in Queensland to increase by 0.7% next year and 1.3% in two years.

Some areas seen to perform strongly over the next year include Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. Out of the suburbs, Coomera and New Farm are expected to realize robust gains.

Meanwhile, Queensland’s rental market is also poised to enjoy an upward boost, growing by 1.3% next year and 1.9% in two years. This is despite the stricter rules on housing investment.

The respondents of the survey also expect Queensland to retain foreign buyer interest. In fact, the share of foreign sales hit a four-year high of 22.8% over the previous quarter.

The results of the survey go against NAB’s own projection of the market. For instance, the bank expects house prices to remain flat in Brisbane over the next three years. Unit prices, on the other hand, is seen to fall by 4.5% over the next year.

NAB chief economist Alan Oster said Brisbane’s housing market seemed to be going sideways and its unit market still creates concern.

“It hasn’t peaked yet, so that’s good. We’re seeing quite strong economic activity in Queensland, so that always helps,” Oster said, as quoted by The Courier-Mail.


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Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland



Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland

The Gold Coast has recorded the strongest growth in house prices in Queensland over the past 12 months.

GOLD Coast house prices are leading the way in Queensland, up six per cent in the past 12 months to an average $620,000.

The latest figures by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show homes on the Glitter Strip are $35,000 more on the same time last year.

Unit prices are up 1.9 per cent to $428,000.

Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland
REIQ data reveals houses on the Glitter Strip are worth $35,000 on the same time last year.

REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor for March said the strong population growth came on the back of infrastructure projects such as the $550 million Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and M1 upgrades.

“The property market has been one of the big winners from the sporting event as the $1.5 billion infrastructure investment has boosted confidence and demand for housing in the region,” the report stated.

“We expect house prices will show an upward path in 2018. However, this growth will most likely be more moderate.”

A quiet real estate period leading up to, and during, the Commonwealth Games likely contributed to a slight drop (-0.3 per cent) in the March quarterly median sales price, the report reveals.

Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland
Andrew Henderson says a growing population and employment opportunities were contributing to a strong property market. Picture: Jerad Williams

REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said he expected interstate migration to continue to benefit the city.

“I expect the market to remain strong,” he said.

“There is a heavy amount of interstate buyers moving here.

“I was at an auction recently where the winning bidder was from Sydney and the underbidder was from Melbourne.”

Mr Henderson said growing employment opportunities were also attracting homebuyers to the city.

Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland
The Gold Coast property market is expected to remain strong.

“We have some of the best health facilities in the country and our universities are world recognised.

“Those two things alone complement the tourism industry and the lifestyle aspects that the Coast offers.”

The report found the fastest-selling suburbs on the Coast included Worongary, Merrimac, Highland Park, Mudgeeraba and Carrara.

It also revealed the rental vacancy held tight throughout the first quarter of the year at 1.1 per cent.

Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland
Andrew Bell says the Coast had evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy. Picture Mike Batterham

Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Games heralded the next chapter for the Coast, as it evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy.

“The city’s property market is riding the irreversible momentum that has now come to the Gold Coast in terms of economic diversity and with more employment options we will need more housing options for people,” Mr Bell said.

“We are no longer going to be subject to tourism upsides and downsides as we were in the past because our economy has well and truly diversified beyond just tourism.”


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